Being born in Minnesota, I have a special love for the state that has given so much to me. As a sporting location, it is vastly underrated just because they are a smaller market. Not every team has the luxury of playing in Chicago or New York, but Minnesota has done just fine in their own right.
There have been some fantastic teams that have come through here. There was the Minneapolis Lakers dynasty, the Vikings squad between the '60s and '70s (known as the much more epic Purple People Eaters), the two World Series Twins teams, the North Stars and most recently the Minnesota Lynx.
It looks as if next years Wild team could be outstanding as well with the additions of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
There have been many outstanding individuals on these Minnesota squads, and a great number of them will live on forever in fans' hearts. Some of them went beyond great though, and have become Minnesotan sporting icons.
And with that, here is a list of the 10 greatest icons in Minnesota sports.